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ATLANTA -- A high school student returning home from a European soccer trip got a different welcome than he expected: He was jailed for eight hours over a ticket he had already paid.
Even though he had already paid the $175 fine, the 17-year-old was taken to the Fulton County jail.
Ninety-eight percent of those arrested between Oct. 1, 2000, and Sept. 30, 2005, were never prosecuted for illegally entering the country, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal data. Nearly 5.3 million immigrants were simply escorted back across the Rio Grande and turned loose. Many presumably tried to slip into the U.S. again.
The number of immigrants prosecuted annually tripled during that five-year period, to 30,848 in fiscal year 2005, the most recent figures available. But that still represented less than 3 percent of the 1.17 million people arrested that year. The prosecution rate was just under 1 percent in 2001.
Originally posted by AcesInTheHole
Since when do they put you in jail for not paying fines? They usually do nothing, or just hit you with more fines.
Originally posted by marg6043
I guess is easier to go after none threatening American citizens than going after illegals on the run.